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Middletown council changes course, will keep meeting on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays

Middletown Borough Council is not changing its meeting dates for 2020 after all. Council by 7-0 vote during its Jan. 15 meeting decided to stick with the same schedule of public meetings it has …

New Amtrak station will be completed by July 2021, consulting engineers say in new documents

Construction of the long-planned new Amtrak train station along West Main Street is to be completed by July 21, 2021, according to information put out Wednesday by consulting engineers on the …

Wounded Lower Swatara police officer and his partner honored by Rep. Mehaffie, DA Chardo

The two Lower Swatara Township police officers who responded to a domestic incident during which Officer Timothy Shea was shot were honored by state Rep. Tom Mehaffie and Dauphin County District …

What is the skill in a ‘skill game’? It’s akin to Tic-Tac-Toe, Simon Says

The “skill” involved in Pace-O-Matic skill games is that the player is presented with a puzzle game offering multiple combinations, from which the player must choose the right one to win …

Sexual assault case against Chief Mouchette moving ahead, prosecutor says

The Dauphin County prosecutor handling the sexual assault charges against Middletown Police Chief George Mouchette addressed the case during the public comment period of borough council’s Jan. …

Resident harassed by phone; burglary on Sunrise Drive reported: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

A Reading man has been charged with harassment by communication. According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith, a Lower Swatara Township resident walked into the department …

First part of Sunset Park trail completed in Londonderry Township

The first phase of the trail at Sunset Park has been completed and is open to the public, Londonderry Township engineer Andrew Kenworthy announced during the Jan. 6 Board of Supervisors …

Altland, Buffington honored by MAHS as Students of the Month

Two seniors recently were selected as Middletown Area High School’s Students of the Month for January. Nicole R. Altland is the daughter of Dale and Lorraine Altland. Nicole has earned a …
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Local sports

Middletown boys basketball falls to Milton Hershey, Elizabethtown

The youthful Middletown boys basketball team is still going through growing pains and lost another pair of games last week. On Friday, following a weeklong layoff, the Blue Raiders were humbled by …

Fitzpatrick’s return from injury helps fuel Raider girls’ victory

The Middletown girls basketball team lost 38-15 last Wednesday at Northern Lebanon before rebounding with a 55-40 home win Friday against Milton Hershey. The Blue Raiders are 4-8 on the season. …

Blue Raider wrestlers take 2nd at Dutchman Duals

It was another busy, and successful, week on the mats for the Blue Raider wrestlers. The Raiders finished the week with 5 dual meet wins, 1 loss, and a second-place finish at the Dutchman Duals …

Blue Raider boys basketball gets big road win at West Perry

By Larry Etter Press & Journal Staff There’s nothing better than to start off the new year on a positive note. And that’s exactly what the Middletown boys basketball team did …

Middletown gets better of Falcons on the mats

The Blue Raiders hosted Lower Dauphin on Thursday in what would turn out to be an exciting whirlwind of a match and a 45-36 win for Middletown. Susquehanna Township was scheduled to visit Jan. 7, …

Blue Raider girls basketball falls at home vs. West Perry

The Middletown girls basketball team fell to 3-7 on the season as injuries continue to take a major toll on the Blue Raiders. After a 46-21 loss at Northern York on Dec. 30, they fell at home to …

MAHS boys basketball team falls in title game of their holiday tournament

After earning their third win of the season, the Middletown boys basketball team came up short in their quest for a tourney title in their own Holiday Tournament last weekend. The Blue Raiders, …

Five Raider senior wrestlers place at Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament

The Blue Raider wrestling team competed in the Governor Mifflin Holiday Tournament in Shillington on Friday and Saturday, a grueling two-day event with 23 teams from across Pennsylvania. It was …
Local news

Koenig, co-creator of award-winning podcast Serial, to visit Penn State Harrisburg on Jan. 23

Journalist and public radio personality Sarah Koenig will visit Penn State Harrisburg at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Mukund S. Kulkarni Theatre (SEC Building). Koenig is the host and co-creator of the …

Suspect in Lower Swatara Township assault found dead in West Virginia

A woman who was the suspect in a Lower Swatara assault Jan. 6 was found dead later that day in an apparent suicide in West Virginia, according to township police.  Lower Swatara Police Chief …

George Scott to run against Sen. DiSanto in District 15; pastor lost congressional race in 2018

George Scott, who lost a bid in 2018 for the U.S. House of Representatives, announced Thursday that he is running for the seat of John DiSanto in Pennsylvania’s 15th Senate District. Scott, …

Middletown Area School Board member Chris Lupp running against Rep. Tom Mehaffie

There are now two Republicans looking to challenge Rep. Tom Mehaffie’s bid for re-election to the 106th District state House seat in the April primary. Chris Lupp, who lives in Lower Swatara …

Middletown ‘skill games’ ban tabled by council after heavy opposition

Middletown Borough Council Monday night voted 6-0 to table acting on a proposal that would ban so-called “skill games” in the borough, following objections raised by businesses and …

Without opposition, Lloyd remains borough council president; Reddinger chosen as vice president

If there were any concerns about re-electing Angela Lloyd as president of Middletown Borough Council, they didn’t surface during council’s reorganizational meeting Monday …

Amtrak station in Middletown likely to open by 2022

The new Amtrak station in Middletown could be open to the public by late 2021 or early 2022. The contract for construction of the new station on West Main Street is expected to be awarded in March …
Editorials

Amtrak station can’t come soon enough: Editorial

“We know you’ve heard it before. We’ve said it before, in this very space: The proposed Amtrak train station at West Main and Ann streets is going to be built, and it will …
Columnists

The return of fascism — Who will stand up and fight it? Lawrence Wittner

Back in 1941, the year of my birth, fascism stood on the brink of conquering the world. During the preceding decades, movements of the Radical Right — mobilized by demagogues into a cult of …

Technology grew in 2010s, but did it cost us as humans?: James E. Miller

The year-end reviews are in ... the best Netflix movies, the best food-delivery apps, the best streaming music player, the best Instagram filters, the best mindless ludic loop-powered mobile games …

In 2020 census, exact count of Pennsylvanians vital: Lisa Davis and Andrew Shelden

In 2020, Pennsylvania residents will be asked to take part in two crucial political processes: the presidential election and the U.S. census. You’re probably familiar with the upcoming …
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